?
Solved

Windows server hostname character limit

Posted on 2013-11-04
8
Medium Priority
?
1,624 Views
Last Modified: 2013-11-04
Greetings,

do you know the reason for the limit of 15 characters for a Windows hostname?

Thank you,
JohnD
0
Comment
Question by:johndarby
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 3
  • 2
  • 2
  • +1
8 Comments
 
LVL 15

Assisted Solution

by:Giovanni Heward
Giovanni Heward earned 1000 total points
ID: 39622907
NetBIOS, in order to be compliant with RFC 1001 and 1002.

See http://support.microsoft.com/kb/909264
0
 
LVL 6

Assisted Solution

by:ZamZ0
ZamZ0 earned 500 total points
ID: 39622924
That is the nature of NetBIOS. It was created with that limitation (actually 16, MS takes away a character).

Kind of like why were PCs limited to 16 or 32-bit when now 62-bit are commonly available. Or why were ISA expansion slots limited to 16/32 but not PCI.
0
 
LVL 1

Author Comment

by:johndarby
ID: 39622946
Thank you; I had read that article earlier and there was no rationale given for the 15 character limit. Am I missing something?
0
Independent Software Vendors: We Want Your Opinion

We value your feedback.

Take our survey and automatically be enter to win anyone of the following:
Yeti Cooler, Amazon eGift Card, and Movie eGift Card!

 
LVL 15

Accepted Solution

by:
Giovanni Heward earned 1000 total points
ID: 39622954
Your probably just missing the fact that many vendors come together to agree upon a given standard, in order to (theoretically) be compatible with each other.  These agreed upon standards are incorporated into RFC's.

In other words, NetBIOS host names were designed to be limited to 16 characters, with 1 reserve character.

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd891456.aspx
0
 
LVL 6

Expert Comment

by:ZamZ0
ID: 39622956
That is just the standard that was created at the time when NetBIOS was created. Like why you can only have X number of characters on a license plate.
0
 
LVL 84

Assisted Solution

by:Dave Baldwin
Dave Baldwin earned 500 total points
ID: 39622979
The usual reason for things like that is "Nobody will ever need more than that."  And why would you?  Need, not want.
0
 
LVL 1

Author Comment

by:johndarby
ID: 39623206
Thanks everyone...I had been searching for deeper meaning, but alas, you have popped that bubble :)
0
 
LVL 1

Author Closing Comment

by:johndarby
ID: 39623213
Thanks folks!
0

Featured Post

Industry Leaders: We Want Your Opinion!

We value your feedback.

Take our survey and automatically be enter to win anyone of the following:
Yeti Cooler, Amazon eGift Card, and Movie eGift Card!

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

by Nathan Brom/Bromy2004 Introduction There are numerous websites out there for any different type of program you can imagine.  Of those, you'll need to decide which ones are legitimate and aren't trying to steal your money or infect your comput…
It’s been over a month into 2017, and there is already a sophisticated Gmail phishing email making it rounds. New techniques and tactics, have given hackers a way to authentically impersonate your contacts.How it Works The attack works by targeti…
In this video, we discuss why the need for additional vertical screen space has become more important in recent years, namely, due to the transition in the marketplace of 4x3 computer screens to 16x9 and 16x10 screens (so-called widescreen format). …
Windows 8 came with a dramatically different user interface known as Metro. Notably missing from that interface was a Start button and Start Menu. Microsoft responded to negative user feedback of the Metro interface, bringing back the Start button a…

765 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question